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1Tim. 1:15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
What this verse seems to be emphasizing is that we must internalize the truth of this statement, that Yeshua came into the world to save sinners; that is what the cross is all about. And as exalted as Paul’s position, and as profound as His experience with the Lord was, he never lost sight of His own need as a sinner saved by Grace. Notice that his statement regarding himself is in the present tense, “I am chief,” not “I was chief.” This does not mean that he continued in sin, but rather, that, once saved,” he never lost sight of the Grace he received at the cross.
Christians often lose sight of this, and as a result, rather than be moved with compassion for those caught in the chains of darkness, they respond in self-righteousness. Paul’s response to the Grace he received, on the other hand, was to give himself to proclaim the good news of the gospel, continuing in the same heart as his master, Yeshua. Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
In Luke 9:56, Yeshua said that He “did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” Rather, He came to “destroy the works of the devil.” 1John 3:8
When you see people on the streets of your town, can you hear the sound of dragging chains? Do you see their slavery? Is your heart aroused in an anguished cry to God for mercy? Or do you only congratulate yourself for not being like them, and move on with your life? [Read Lamentations to see how Jeremiah identified with his sinful people.]
We prayed for the “shackled” in the Land
Primarily we were led to pray for those caught in the LGBT movement. Israel is a champion of gay rights, our education system is full of this. The internet and media are so full of confusing messages to youth that it is no wonder that they are utterly confused and bewildered as to the meaning of gender, sex, etc.
- We prayed for mercy on this Land regarding the bondage to sin all around us
- We prayed for the youth of this Land - that God might pour out His Spirit upon them (Joel 2:28)
- We prayed for the education system that seems bent on sowing more “confusion” among children and youth.
- We prayed for mercy and light to come upon those caught in the chains of LGBT
- We prayed for the gospel to go out with power, especially the young
- We prayed from Ezekiel 36:25, “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.” [Water and the Spirit are two aspects of one reality: namely, God’s renewal of the fallen and unresponsive human heart. See John 3:5]
- We cried to God to fulfill His word in Deuteronomy 30:6
- We cried for God to supply our nation with the one thing we do not have: A Spirit of Repentance, but he has promised to supply this too! Psalm 80:3, 7, 20 [The word there in Hebrew is to return us, turn us, bring us back to you. How? By shining your face upon us = Grace.]
- Lord you did this for us
- Lord, you revealed yourself to us, we are no better or different. Have mercy on your people.
- Lord supply the repentance we do not have, give us the brokenness we cannot accomplish by ourselves.
- Work through the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin, and at the same time, He is the power that sets us free! John 16:8-10
We prayed for the Body of Messiah in the Land
Matt. 5:15, “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”
The Body of Messiah is meant to be a lighthouse for the nation, that people may see the light and come to the “harbor” of salvation and safety. The Light is Messiah shinning through His Body. We, as intercessors, are to be as lighthouse keepers, keeping the “glass’ clean for the light to shine through. Removing the “bushel basket” [Worldliness in the Body, preoccupation with self, sin…etc.]
- Lord cleanse your Body in the Land and make it a Lighthouse for you
- Lord shine through the Body with the gospel in great power
- Lord let your people turn from preoccupation with themselves and dedicate their lives anew to you
- Lord, we want to respond to your call on the mount to “watch” with you at this hour
- Lord let us be imbued with the Spirit of Prayer and Intercession for the people of Israel
- Lord let us stand with you in your own intercessions for this nation and people unto salvation
- Lord teach us how to pray your heart